Volunteers comb area beaches for trash

Annual event after July 4th holiday

Published On: Jul 05 2012 02:50:54 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2012 06:02:37 PM EDT
Beach cleanup panorama
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

It's become something of a local tradition along area beaches on the 5th of July for people donned latex gloves, grabbed garbage bags and hit the beach to pick up trash.

While there was no fireworks show at Jacksonville Beach this year, an army of volunteers managed to fill bags with things that never belonged on the beach in the first place.

First-time volunteer Franchesca Russo was shocked by what she called the inconsideration of beachgoers.

"Here's three trash cans and then Prince over there picked up a bag," Russo said. "It's ridiculous. It's being lazy."

While experienced volunteers said there was less trash than in past years, they found a lot of trash.

Jennifer Burns has cleaned the beach before and knows where the trash will end up if she and the others don't pick it up.

"It'll blow away. It'll go into storm drains. And eventually wash out into the ocean," Burns said.

The Jacksonville Beach cleanup took place first thing Thursday. Volunteers tackled the cleanup of St. Augustine Beach from 5 to 7 p.m.